A Very French Christmas: Twinkling Lights

Greetings from a very chilly South of France.  Perhaps these photos are a bit of an indication of how cold it’s been in le sud.  But don’t let those faux snow-capped chalets fool you, the sun’s been shining quite brightly above our 7° C temps.  Well, save early Friday evening when I got to snap these photos after a light rain-shower.

marche noel
Early evening at the Christmas market.

And perhaps I should have titled this post, A Very South-of-France Christmas, as it’s pretty obvious from the twinkling palm trees that we’re quite far out from the holiday celebrations taking place around our Parisien neighbors.

Soon we’ll be making the trek northward ourselves…  and I feel totally giddy with anticipation.  Well, not so much for the brisk (read: north-of-france-pack-some-extra “Santa stuffing” -cold) but more so for the 2 words I’ve been waiting a whole year to re-live: chocolate mousse.

Well, make that 3 words: homemade chocolate mousse.  And if we really want to get crazy (of course we do): homemade chocolate mousse that my belle mere makes only once a year which means you’ll want to lick more than just the spoon.

So, basically… you know where to find me (& my spoon) the 24th…  and mostly likely the 25th. And… well, you get the picture.  Oh, and yeah there’ll be other food there too, and gifts, and holiday joy and it’ll be totally fabulous.  It’s France… it’s Christmas… and I’m crazy-happy about all of it.


*I had a guest post up last Friday for Kathy over at Food Lover’s Odyssey (on the Aix-en-Provence Christmas market) if you’d like to check it out here.

10 thoughts on “A Very French Christmas: Twinkling Lights”

  1. Its looking very festive in the Sud de France. Are your pictures from Toulon? Your description of your belle mere’s chocolate mousse made my mouth water. Merry Christmas – Enjoy the holidays.


    1. Thanks Michel 🙂 Yes, the photos are from Toulon – they’ve done a really good job this year with the decorations…even added a smaller Christmas market near where we live – it’s been a great holiday season so far. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas as well. Joyeux Noel from the Sud de France!


  2. well it’s been quiet chili here too, somewhere in the 9 Celcius. Only it doesn’t look as nice as your pictures. Or maybe I just need to get out of the house and take some pixs from downtown. 🙂
    I am jealous abut the chocolate mousse made by the suegra. enjoy one for me 🙂 don’t just lick the spoon but also cada dedo de la mano. 🙂


    1. Kenya, you have to come one time for Christmas so that the suegra can make you chocolate mousse as well – she would be more than happy to! You are indeed missed by us all (boo hoo!). Can’t wait to see you in 2012! xo xo


    1. That does sound warm for the season Jen! Hope you had a great Christmas well & hope you enjoy your New Year’s celebrations – we have a pretty big meal planned, so I’m quite happy, lol 🙂 Salut from France & bon 2012!


  3. You know if I did not know better…There are few of these photos that look like a rainy night on Miami Beach (seriously). Made me smile. Good thing that I did not have to guess the location.

    Happy Holidays to you. Very special New Year to you and your family.



    1. Thanks for the sweet comment Velva! Too funny about Miami…I would have to agree with you though, does get pretty tropical down here- especially with all these palm trees everywhere! Wishing you a 2012 plein de bonheur …full of happiness!


    1. Thanks Krista, we had a great Christmas here and the decorations made all the difference 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful holiday too and all the best for 2012, bonne annèe ma belle!


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